Words by Jade Lu | Video courtesy of The Covenant Car Company Inc. 
 
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It seems like Chevrolet has been on a winning streak lately, and we’re not just talking about the Cruze being crowned the Philippines’ Car of the Year 2010 - 2011. The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), Chevrolet’s exclusive distributor in the Philippines, took the opportunity to make a few gems shine during the 7th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) last April 7 to 10, 2011 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. 

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Listening to the public’s plea, the new diesel variant of the Cruze was one of the stars that twinkled at the Chevrolet show space during MIAS. “The Cruze has been selling well here in the Philippines and we expect the new Diesel Cruze to be just as popular. It will have everything that customers have been telling us they want…” announced Martin Apfel, General Motors President for South East Asia Operations.  
Words and photos by Christopher Kho
  
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At the recently-concluded 7th Manila International Auto Show, Ford went all-out by presenting the show's most extravagant display yet. Covering a floor area of 1,000 square meters, they've turned what was supposed to be a booth into a dealership. It showcased Ford's complete vehicle line-up with one van, one pickup, two cars, and four SUV's making up 32 different variants altogether. Since Ford Group Philippines (FGP) is neither a member of the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) nor the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI), no one is stopping them from blowing the year's budget in just four days. And looking at the results, its all worth it. 
 
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The 2nd Petron Sprint 4T Endurance & Economy Run was given the green flag last February 05, 2011 with a field of 306 riders competing in eight classes.
 
While maintaining an emphasis on safety and proper adherence to public riding safety rules and regulations, the run required competitors to travel 750 kilometers with the most economical fuel consumption at the most reasonable time. Taking off from Petron-Diego Silang, the riders navigated through the roads leading to Valenzuela, Bulacan and then traversing McArthur Highway through the provinces of Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Benguet and Mountain Province. Nineteen designated Petron service stations along the route were utilized as official filling stations and checkpoints to verify that the participants followed the correct route and prescribed speed. The final checkpoint and finish line was located at the Petron service station in Kisad, Baguio City.  
 
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A-1 Driving Co. Inc., the country's premier driving school, has just chosen the Ford Fiesta as part of their driving school fleet. With support from Ford Philippines, the school advocates safe and smart driving in the Philippines through the Fiesta's class-leading safety features. A1 Driving has been an advocate for road discipline and safety since 1977 and now has 100 branches nationwide. 

The Fiesta brings world-class safety in a small package. Beneath its stylish exterior is a robust structure constructed from high-strength Boron steel, crafted to enhance driver and passenger safety. It increases structural rigidity without sacrificing weight, thus helping the Fiesta achieve a high fuel efficiency. The Fiesta is also well-equipped with safety features such as driver and passenger side airbags, ABS (double-circuit four-wheel anti-braking), and EBD (electronic brake distribution), that collectively enhances the active safety of the car.
Words by Christopher Kho | Video courtesy of Audi of America
 
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PGA Cars Inc., the Philippine distributor of four rings brand Audi, hold their heads up high as Audi once again sold more all-wheel drive vehicles than any other luxury brand globally. In the 30th anniversary of quattro, Audi has produced over 400,000 cars with its renowned all-wheel drive system last year alone. That makes up for around 38 percent of all vehicles sold worldwide with all-wheel drive technology.  
 
The quattro system was derived from Audi's hugely successful Quattro rally car which was the first ever to use four-wheel drive in competition racing. The Quattro completely changed the world of rallying since its debut in 1980 and continuously enjoyed victories in world championships up until 1986 when the monstrous Group B rally cars were banned. To commemorate its success, Audi named its four-wheel drive system “quattro” with a lower case “q” after the Quattro rally car.
  
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Situated along the ring of fire, the Philippines is a country prone to strong earthquakes. And after the recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan left its nation crippled with thousands dead and millions homeless, it is important that our country also prepare in case a natural disaster of that scale would ever come our way. Viking Cars Inc., the Philippine distributor of Volvo cars, always keeps safety as their top priority, not only for their passengers but for the community as well. Thus, to raise awareness on earthquakes, they have listed down tips to help us prepare for such natural disasters.
Words by Jade Lu | Photos and video courtesy of Jaguar Cars Limited
 
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Jaguar has come out strong at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show with their release of the 2012 XKR-S. As an overhaul of the award-winning XK, new super buff is Jaguar’s most agile production sports car yet.
 
Featuring a highly efficient supercharged AJ-V8 Gen III R direct-injection engine, the XKR-S has a maximum speed of 300 km/h and only takes 4.2 seconds to go from 0 to 100 kph. It is currently Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful series production sports car. Of course, the XK underwent heavy modifications in order to achieve what it has become. Complimenting a strong engine is the XKR-S’ slimmer and more aerodynamic body - a product of extensive research and study in the aspect of Computational Fluid Dynamics. 
 
Certainly, style is not the main priority of all that development study, for what are good looks without great performance? “The styling of this car isn't about image, it's about true performance,” said Ian Callum, Design Director for Jaguar Cars. “Like other iconic Jaguars before it, the styling has been driven by geometry and aerodynamics for genuine design purity. The physics required to achieve 300 km/h have led the aesthetic.” The XKR-S stays true to the principle of ‘form following function.' The physics required brought about a new front bumper and some lean lines. 
Photos courtesy of Singapore GP Pte. Ltd.
 
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Even before the 2011 Formula One season begins Red Rock Travel (RRT), the Philippines' F1 tour authority, is already spicing up the year with tour packages to the action-packed Singtel Singapore Grand Prix

For the last three years, Singapore has been the proud host of the world's only Formula One night race. And on September 23 to 25, 2011, the city streets of Singapore will yet again turn night into day with the roars from 24 high-octane Formula One cars, coupled with a unique combination of sights, sounds, and electric atmosphere at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

To add to the excitement, Grammy-award-winning Linkin Park will be the headlining band on race day this year. For the past six months, Linkin Park have been on the road in support of their “A Thousand Suns” world tour. With more acts to be announced, fans can look forward to an awesome event that offers spectacular Formula One race action and the world’s best entertainment, all for the price of one ticket. 

RRT's package tours for the 2011 Formula One Singtel Singapore Grand Prix starts at USD 1,126/pax and includes round trip airfare via Singapore Airlines, Philippine travel tax, 4 days 3 nights hotel accommodations with daily breakfast, round trip transfers, travel insurance and 3 day Bay Grandstand Race Tickets.
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